Prambanan History

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Prambanan Temple is said to be the most beautiful Hindu temple in the world. It is the biggest temple complex in Java with three main temples dedicated to the three great Hindu divinities, Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma, the symbols of Trimurti in Hindu belief.

According to the history, Rakai Pikatan, a Hindu prince from Sanjaya Dynasty, who had married into the ruling Buddhist Sailendra monarchy built all the temples in the Prambanan archaeological park in the 8th century AD. In its original form, the temple complex contained over 250 large and small temples. The temple compound was expanded by successive Mataram kings with the addition of the hundreds of perwara temples around the central temples. It served as the royal temple of the Kingdom of Mataram for its religious ceremonies and sacrifices. However, in the 10th century the temple was largely abandoned because the Mataram dynasty moved to East Java. It then collapsed during a major earthquake in the 16th century.

Also locally known as Roro Jonggrang, legend has it that the 1,000th statue of the temple was the statue of a slender virgin lady named Roro Jonggrang, who turned into stone by a young and powerful man named Bandung Bondowoso after her attempt to thwart Bondowoso’s effort in building a thousand temples and two wells in one night for the lady failed. Bondowoso was in love with Roro Jonggrang and asked her to marry him. However, Roro Jonggrang was full of hatred because Bondowoso killed her father; hence she tried to refuse his proposal by asking him a seemingly impossible task. As a man who had unseen troop of spirits, it was easy for Bondowoso to finish the task. After nearly a thousand temples had been built, Roro Jonggrang asked the villagers to pound rice and to set a fire in order to look like the morning had broken. This way, the spirits had no choice but left before completing the last one temple. Bondowoso realised that the lady had cheated him so he turned Roro Jonggrang into the 1,000th statue. This is a very interesting folklore that local people love to share.

Restoration

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In 1811, a surveyor working for Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles found the ruins of Prambanan by pure chance, yet, they were not long enough in Java to do much about it and the temple remained neglected for decades. Dutch residents started to loot the reliefs to adorn their garden with priceless statues while local people were taking the foundation stones and using them as construction material. It was in 1930 that the proper restoration began and continues to this day.

In 1991, UNESCO listed Prambanan Temple Compound as World Cultural Heritage.

Structural Design

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The high structures are typical of Hindu architecture, and the plan of the temple complex is a Mandala, as is Borobudur. As a symbol of the Hindu cosmos, the temple is vertically divided into three parts, both vertically and in plan.

Bhurloka

The base of the temples, as well as the outer square is the underworld. It was a large space marked by a rectangular wall. This is a place for ordinary folk, mortals, both human and animal. This is the place where lust and desire are commonplace. It is an unholy area.

Bhuvarloka

The central body of the temples and the middle square of the complex, represents the ‘middle world’ the place for those who have left their worldly possessions. This is where people begin to see the light of truth. The middle world had four rows of 224 small individual shrines, where all shrines are identical.

Svarloka

The top of the temples and the innermost square represents the realm of the gods, the holiest zone, and is crowned. Three 16 temples that consist of 3 main temples: Brahma the Creator, Shiva the Destroyer, and Vishnu the Keeper. Shiva temple is the biggest and the tallest amongst all with 47.6m high, while Brahma and Vishnu are 33m high. In addition to the three main temples, there are three Wahana Temples, four Kelir Temples, two Apit Temples and four Patok Temples.

Worshiping Ancestors

It is understood that when a king or prominent person died, the ashes of the deceased along with various objects representing physical and spiritual symbols of the cosmos, were placed in a stone casket.

This casket was placed in a shaft in the base of a temple, above it was built a statue of a god, of whom the deceased was said to be an incarnation. This statue then becomes the object of worship for those honouring and worshipping the king.

Ancestor worship has been an Indonesian cultural tradition since prehistoric times, and it has been adapted into the local adaptations of Hinduism and Buddhism. Some archaeologists suggest that the idol of Shiva in the central chamber of the Prambanan’s main temple is modeled after King Balitung, of the Mataram Kingdom. One of the possible instigators of the temple building.

The casket found in the well of the Siva temple at Prambanan was sitting on a pile of charcoal, earth and animal bones. It contained a variety of objects, including, coins, jewels, precious metals and ashes. Gold sheets with inscriptions of Varuna, the god of the sea, and Parvata, the god of the mountains were also found.

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Taman Wisata Candi Prambanan

Address : Jl. Raya Jogja – Solo Km 16, Prambanan, Sleman, Yogyakarta 55571, Indonesia
Phone: +62 274 496 401 / +62 274 496 405
Fax : +62 274 496 403
Email : prambanan@borobudurpark.co.id

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Ramayana Ballet Special Performance

November 27, 2015November 27, 2015
rmyn_special DON"T MISS IT!!! The Special Performance of Ramayana Ballet Prambanan Ramayanan Ballet Prambanan will be perform on 20 and 29 December 2015 at Trimurti Theatre, from 10 - 11 AM. For ticket admission and more information, please call Ramayana Ballet Prambanan Address : Jl Jogja-Solo Km 16 Yogyakarta
Phone : +62 274 496 408 / +62 274 497 771
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Email : teater@borobudurpark.com

“PRAMBANAN JAZZ INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL”

September 4, 2015September 4, 2015
prambanan jazz     Rajawali Indonesia Communication with supported by PT Taman Wisata Candi Borobudur, Prambanan, & Ratu Boko proudly Present The Greatest Jazz Festival in Jogjakarta "PRAMBANAN JAZZ INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL"   at Prambanan Temple Jogjakarta Oktober 16th 2015 Start : 8 PM (Open Gate : 6 PM)   With Special performance from -          Tompi -          Kenny G -          Isyana Sarasvati -          And many more   Ticket available in -          locketics.com -          Sate Afrika ( +62 274 – 283 0739)   Hotline : 0274 521 328 0822 4271 8000 Grab fast and enjoy the magnificent jazz performance from the magnificent venue, prambanan temple

Ratu Boko Music and Art Festival 2015

August 28, 2015August 28, 2015
new_revJun17-01new_revJun17-01 PT Taman Wisata Candi Borobudur, Prambanan, & Ratu Boko Proudly present "Ratu Boko Music and Art Festival 2015" join us at the moment where music and cultural heritage unite into a harmony,from the best live panoramas of magnificent Ratu Boko Palace -Ratu Boko Music & Art Festival 2015-
July, 23 - 26, 2015 / 9.00 am - 5.00 pm
-Serenade Jazz From Ratu Boko-
Faet Nita aartsenn & Quarto ft. Trie Utami
Opening act by IENA Orchestra (Yogyakarta young musician)
July 25, 2015 /6.00 Pm
Tiket IDR 100K
Reservation
  1.  PT Taman Wisata Candi Borobudur, Prambanan, & Ratu Boko telp : +62 274 496 406/+62 274 496 402

  2.  Bhiva Tour & Travel, Jl.Ringroad utara 66, Yogyakarta. T.+62 274-4333870.

  3. ADSOR Yogyakarta. Graha Pugong Lor Ruko 2-4, Ring Road Utara Yogyakarta ADSOR Purnomo Semarang, jl Pandanaran 34, tel. +62 24-8411107